Could 2020 be your year to shine? There is less than one week left to apply for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Awards.

These are Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

Darwin local and employee of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Zoe Malone took out the 2019 title and is encouraging Territory women to put their hand up and apply for the 2020 awards.

Ms Malone’s project, the Village Green, aims to make it easier for volunteers and community groups to navigate their way through compliance and governance demands.

“The awards have been an amazing experience and connected me to passionate women who are doing amazing things right across regional Australia and our primary industries and rural communities,” she said.

“With only two weeks left to apply, I really encourage women to get involved now and pitch their idea.”

If you’re a woman who has an innovative idea that could empower women, support regional businesses and communities or Australia’s rural industries, the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is for you.

The award is open to all women over the age of 18 involved in rural industries (agriculture, forestry and fisheries), rural and regional businesses and rural and regional communities. No formal qualifications are required and location is no barrier.

Each state/territory winner is awarded a $10,000 bursary from Westpac, and represents their state at the national awards. The national winner receives an additional $10,000 bursary from Westpac and the runner-up receives $5,000.

In addition to the Westpac bursary, state and territory winners gain access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

Visit the AgriFutures™ website to find out more about the award and how to nominate.

Belinda Lay, 2019 WA Winner of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is passionate about using technology to improve livestock welfare. Belinda wants to reduce mortality rates, particularly in lambing ewes and post-weaners, using specially designed collars likened to human “fitbits”. Watch her story here.

Anh Nguyen, 2019 TAS Winner of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award sees a future where farmers will be able to manage their farms remotely through an app for applications such as irrigation. Her award-winning project will free up labour, help farmers use resources more efficiently and ultimately maximize their productivity. Watch her story here.

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